Alan Pardew criticises choice of referee for Liverpool defeat

The Eagles boss was disappointed to see Andre Marriner in charge of his sides 4-2 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday

Alan Pardew criticises choice of referee for Liverpool defeat
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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew criticised the appointment of referee Andre Marriner for his sides 4-2 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday evening. 

Poor appointment

Marriner awarded a 96th minute penalty to Liverpool in the fixture last season, which current Palace striker Christian Benteke scored to win the match for the Reds, and he denied the Eagles a number of appeals during the match last weekend. 

After Saturday’s match, Pardew said that because of Marriner’s late decision in last season fixture at Selhurst Park, his side had “a negative in our mind anyway”.

In the defeat, winger Wilfred Zaha had two appeals turned down during the second half, and Benteke was also denied a spot kick after a clumsy challenge from Liverpool centre back Joel Matip

Pardew felt that this decisions were “tight but they are probably no worse than Christian’s last year.”

The 55-year-old boss also said that because of previous events, he couldn’t believe Mike Riley, manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, choose to appoint Marriner for the fixture. 

It was a disappointing game in general for Palace, who came from behind twice to in the first half to make the score 2-2 thanks to two headers from midfielder James McArthur, before Matip and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool out of reach.

Pardew too could have landed himself in hot water regarding the comments, especially as many ex-referee's have come out after the game saying that Marriner got every key decision right. 

Defensive worries

They have now conceded eight in their last three games, and are without a clean sheet in 15 matches. 

Speaking after the match, Pardew spoke about his sides’ failure to put Liverpool under pressure, and his disappointment at conceding two goals from two set-plays.

The Eagles are now 12th in the table after three defeats in a row. They travel to Burnely on Saturday, their final fixture before the break for international fixtures, with the two sides level on 11 points.